Skip to content

Looking Backward 9.15.2016

25 Years Ago

September 12, 1991

The 1991 World Grand Champion Missouri Fox Trotter is Lady’s Red Ruby J., owned by Dallas Beaird, West Covina, Calif., and ridden by Justin Dampier, of Strafford.

A pickup belonging to Hubert Welton, of Ava, which was stolen from an Ava restaurant last Tuesday night, was recovered in West Virginia on Friday.

Senior Dustin Johnson rushed for 231 yards and senior Brian Ross scored five touchdowns last Friday night as the Ava High School Bears rolled to victory over Marshfield, 38-14.

The Ava Business Women’s Club had their second out-of-town dinner on Thursday, Sept. 5 at 6 p.m. at Hutch’s.  Those going for dinner and a time of visiting were Mary Beason, Bonnie Reid, Lilly Linder, Maureen Calvin, Trellis Dewhirst, Edith Cantrell and two guests, Lena Pierce and Modena Cox.

The Ava High School Lady Bears traveled to Bradleyville last Thursday night and scored an easy victory over the host Eagles, 15-1, 15-8, boosting their season record to 2-0.

Kris and LeeAnn Norman would like to announce the arrival of Klayton Boone Norman born Sept. 6 at 5:20 a.m. at St. John’s.

The guests of Daisy Huff’s birthday party Monday were Reba Herrell, Doris Holman, Paul and Edena Kraus, Bernice Wade, Everett Fry, Dixie Garrett, Patty Chambers and Mindy.

Jayson Cox celebrated his 5th birthday Thursday evening, Sept-ember 5 in his home with a party given by his mother and brother, Donna and Justin Cox.

A birthday party was held last Wednesday, Sept. 4, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Larkin of Ava, in honor of Gladys Larkin’s 89th birthday.


50 Years Ago

 September 8, 1966


A new Ava area brochure featuring scenic views and places of interest is ready for distribution this week.  A total of 10,000 copies will be distributed nationwide in an effort to attract more tourists to this area of the Ozarks.  The brochure was compiled by members of the tourist committee of the chamber of commerce and was printed by the Herald Publishing Co.

The arrival of cool September evenings spurs the football spirit and indications are that we’ll have ideal weather for the football opener Friday against the Salem Tigers.  Sixteen lettermen return to the squad from last year, Coach Charles McCallister said.

Some people have read so much about the harmful effects of smoking that they have decided to give up reading.

Join us in celebrating our first anniversary –– French’s Highway House Café.

Two local boys captured first and second place trophies during the two-day boat racing event last weekend on Lake Bull Shoals at Theodosia.  Rodney Alms won four first place trophies in the 40-hp class and picked up two third place trophies in the 50-hp event. He also won the high point trophy for the 40-hp class and grand champion trophy for winning over all types of boats and motors for the season. Alms drives a Speedliner boat powered by a single 40-hp Mercury motor.  Kenneth Denton won four second place trophies in the 40-hp class and stepped up in the 50-hp class and captured fourth place. He also drives a Speedliner boat with a 40-hp Mercury motor.

Mrs. Elmer Kilburn of Smallett was honored with a surprise birth-day dinner Sunday when a large group of family and friends gathered at her home.

Relatives gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Hicks of Republic on Sunday, Aug, 28 in observance of Mrs. Hick’s 93rd birthday.

THEODOSIA – Ottie Long has purchased the school bus from Herbert Hampton.

BLACK OAK –– We welcome Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Spurlock and family back into our community.  Mrs. Spurlock is one of our new kindergarten teachers.

WAGNER –– Raymond Smith, a new resident of our community, is building a new house on the former Pat Sagerser place.

RED BANK –– Mr. and Mrs. Asa McCullough celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on Friday, Sept. 2.  Mrs. McCullough baked and decorated a wedding cake which she served to guests.

EVANS –– Roy Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Brown and the former Louetta Freeman, spent a 14-day leave with his parents and other relatives before leaving for Viet Nam.

Douglas County’s economy is running in high gear, according to a nationwide survey of business activity, recently completed.


75 Years Ago

September 11, 1941


A touch of fall weather was felt here this week as the mercury sank into the low sixties on two days.  Cool weather hit here exactly to the day at the same time we had our cool snap last year.

Mr. and Mrs. Delcie Lakey and daughter Sarah of Red Bank left last Thursday for California, where they had planned to spend a month visiting with Mr. Lakey’s brother, Roy Lakey of San Francisco and with other relatives in Los Angeles.  However, relatives here feel that the vacation will be cut short when the Lakeys receive word of their misfortune which occurred early Sunday morning when their home and store at Red Bank were completely destroyed by fire.

The beautiful new five-room residence of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Bell near Dora is nearing comple-tion, and Mr. and Mrs. Bell expect to move to their new home Saturday. The building is of cobblestone construction.

Enrollment in Ava High School has now reached 496, an increase of eleven students over the first count a week ago.  The following eleven students entered high school Monday morning: Earline Russell, Gail Kunze, Billy Vest, Bobby Lee, Richard Smith, Gene Bell, Ruth Brown, Georgia Frye, Howard Woods, Ann Russell, and Laverne Miller.

Friday evening Mrs. Vernon Jackson entertained with a stork shower in compliment to a friend Mrs. Ralph Souder.

The Ava Independents defeated a Hartville Negro team 17 to 3 in a baseball game at the city park here Sunday afternoon. A large crowd attended the game.  Lefty Bob Scribner pitched for the Independents. Dick Ritter high-lighted the game with two home runs.

Herschel Chumbley left today for Columbia to enter the Univer-sity of Missouri. He has worked at the Norman-Gentry Drug Store here the past four years.

Ralph Prock, who has been in the U.S. Navy the past year and a half, is visiting this week with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Neal Prock, of Wasola.  He has spent much of his enlistment at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and on the west coast.  He is attached to the U.S.S. Porter, destroyer number 356.

When sympathy is expressed there is usually the shrugging reply that it “might have been worse,” and, of the chances of a fighting pilot.  He makes his peace with death, a reporter was told, and “each flight is just a gratuitous day of life.”  We want you to return and visit us, he told the reporter.  “We will be gone but the squadron will still be here,” and that is the spirit of every woman and child.  The squadron will still be here.”  And, when those fighting planes roar out in the general direction of Germany they fly in V formation.  “V” for victory.


100 Years Ago

September 14, 1916


  1. B. Lefler’s store and post office at Bryant, about eight miles north of here, was totally destroyed by fire about three o’clock Tuesday morning. The origin of the fire is unknown, but it is believed that it was set. The property was insured for $1,500.

Sheriff S. F. Amyx, Gainesville, Ozark County, was in Ava Tuesday in search of Tecumpsia Walker, who dug his way through a stone wall and made good escape from the Ozark County Jail between three and five o’clock Monday afternoon.  Walker had been in jail since June 27 charged with stealing a horse, and was being held for trial set for the November term of the Ozark County Circuit Court. A reward of $25 is being offered for his capture.

Rural mail carriers are an accommodating lot, but up in Andrew County one was stumped when he found this note from one of his patrons: “Dear Mail Carrier –– Will you please water our cow and mule in the stable and feed the chickens.  We have gone visiting.

DENLOW –– The citizens of the Denlow Road District have completed a piece of road on the Ava – Houston road survey, from Fox Creek east to Frank Curnutt’s.  The crew moved the machinery to Denlow and will finish another piece of road and build a bridge. Citizens along the route donated work to the amount of 118-1/2 days. With total expenses $157.54.

  1. J. Pennington, of Denlow, and Marion Anderson, of Cold Springs, were in town Monday. Mr. Pennington has sold the Cold Springs Store to Mr. Anderson.

Claude Hartley of west of town was here Wednesday and purchas-ed a new Ford.

Sheriff Jack Spurlock is in the east end of the county on official business this week.

Henry Tyler of Cheney one of Douglas County’s pioneer settlers came to town Tuesday for the first time in four years.  While here he called at our office and renewed his subscription, and reminded us of the fact that he has been a subscriber to the Herald since its establishment in 1886.

The home of Recorder and Mrs. H.M. Curnutt on Quality Hill was the scene of one of the most pleasant social affairs of the season, given complimentary to Mr. Alex Marshall of St. Louis, on Tuesday of last week.  After a jolly social hour at Rook, refreshments of ices and cake were served by Misses Esther, Lela, and Myrtle Curnutt to the following guests: Misses Lena Wilson, Vivian Snow, Elinor Adams, Sybil Stewart and Jenette McQuisten; Messrs David Votaw, Cecil Reynolds, Cole Coffeen, Vernie Wilson, Jack Sutherland, Lynn Stewart and Elmer Curry; Mr. and Mrs. I.T. Curry and Mr. and Mrs. L.E. Reynolds.


125 Years Ago

September 17, 1891


  1. VA., Sept. 8 –– General T. M. Harris, of Ritchie County, a member of the court martial which investigated the death of Lincoln and condemned Mrs. Surratt, has just finished a history of the assassination of President Lincoln. In the book General Harris asserts that Jefferson Davis and certain members of his cabinet were interested in and encouraged the assassination of Lincoln. He fortifies the statement by a large amount of documentary evidence. His book will create a sensation.

GUTHRIE, Okla., Sept. 8 –– F. Q. Dodge, Wells Fargo special agent, who was sent out after the Dalton boys, was held up last night and had his horse shot from under him, but Dodge was only slightly wounded.  Dodge, in his report to the company, says: “I and posse will follow them immediately.”

Andy Miller has bought a lot in Clark’s addition to the city, and is having a well drilled, preparatory for erecting a substantial residence therein.

Dr. Caldwell comes to Ava well recommended and if you need the service of a first class dentist you will find him at the Hailey Hotel during court week. He does his work at reasonable rates and guarantees every operation.

From the Seymour Enterprise ––John Wright wanted so long by the U.S. Deputy Marshals for illegal selling of whiskey at several picnics around here and who while under arrest here Aug. 31 for disorderly conduct was captured by acting U.S. Deputy John Robertson at a protracted meeting held at the Ragsdale schoolhouse a few miles southwest of here last Saturday night.  He was guarded that night and all day Sunday. That evening Deputy U.S. Marshal Wakefield arrived in the city, took charge of the prisoner and returned with him to Springfield the same night.  Wright succeeded for a long time to elude the officer but too much indulgence in “red rye” brought him to grief.  While drunk here picnic day he got into trouble with Silas Hoover, came out second best.

A man with a wooden leg ought to be a success as a political orator, as he is always going on the stump.

A young farmer killed thirty-eight blew-head snakes in one day in Cole County.  [spreading adders]

The St. Louis Exposition is larger and the attendance better than ever before.

Work on the new school house is progressing nicely.

The new Billiard Hall is open for business with Charley Bulger in charge.

James Martin’s new livery stable is about completed, and it is a commodious and well-arranged structure.

Mrs. Belle Reynolds is working in L. O. Hailey’s Abstract office, and makes quite a respectable looking abstractor.